It was fairly late in the day yesterday when I prepared my vase, having attended a long lunch with other National Garden Scheme garden owners in Staffordshire, Birmingham & part of the West Midlands and picked up our posters and other garden opening sundries. Now in our sixth year of opening, we feel very much part of the community and valued as such, although our contribution to the amount raised by the organisation is relatively small compared to some.
It is now light till after 5 o’clock, however, so time and daylight were less of an issue than of late and I had already planned to pick a clutch of ‘Tete-a-Tete’ narcissi, so my first quest was choosing a vase – a simple Caithness Glass example with subtle cream, yellow and orange swirls, subtly complementing the cheerfulness of the narcissi. I tried several times to rearrange the blooms and spread them out but they were having none of it, continuing instead with their head-to-head conversations.
Whatever we feel about yellow blooms in the garden generally (and the jury is very much out on this topic), the appearance of the first daffodils in our gardens and elsewhere is a very special moment, bringing sunshine to the cloudiest day and a cheeriness to our hearts, heralding as they do the advent of spring. I am sure even the frightened little clockwork knick-knack that acts as a prop would find himself smiling again after a few minutes in their presence; after all, he himself seems to amuse any adult or child that picks him up and sets his little feet in motion, scuttling at will (where did he come from? who knows!) until he jumps off the surface he is placed on, like one of a crowd of lemmings.
For those of us in temperate northern hemisphere countries, early spring blooms are increasingly available in our gardens, but twigs like the twisted hazel are around all year and also look effective in a vase – so if you have pickings of any sort to share with us today then please do so by leaving the usual links to and from this post.